Alcor Northern California Meeting

The next Northern California Alcor meeting is Sunday, April 13, 4pm at the small clubhouse of Cypress Point Lakes Condominiums, 505 Cypress Point Dr, Mtn View.

If you want to join in the potluck, please bring some food to share, the popular potluck rule of thumb is “bring about as much food as you would care to eat were you by yourself”.

For detailed directions please click on the the link below:

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“Life Extension Meeting” sponsored by Cryonics UK

Cryonics UK invites you to join them for the Annual General Meeting of Cryonics UK. Don’t miss this opportunity to socialize with like-minded people to discuss topics of interest in the field of cryonics, attend lectures and workshops.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 3rd. & 4th. 2008
Time: 10am-4.30pm both days
Place: 4 Mount Caburn Crescent, Peacehaven, E. Sussex, BN10 8DW

Hosted by:      Alan & Sylvia Sinclair (For many years Alan & Sylvia have been generously providing Food & Drink, a comfortable place for the Meetings)

More information about this event and to RSVP.

To learn more about Cryonics UK please visit their website at: cryonics.uk.com

Los Angeles Training Session

Regina Pancake, one of Alcor’s staff, traveled to Los Angeles on February 23rd for a small training session with local “first response” team members. She demonstrated Alcor’s newly designed portable ice bath, leading to some useful feedback and resulting in some changes to be implemented with subsequent versions. The Los Angeles team members also indicated that the design was largely intuitive and the assembly was easy.

The timing for this training session and subsequent feedback was good, as Alcor is about to begin replicating 14 ice baths for distribution to regions around the world. The rescue baskets, from which the ice baths are constructed, have arrived at Alcor. Four of them were damaged in shipping and will be replaced. The other ten are ready for assembly.

Alcor News Update

Tanya Jones wrote a post for Alcor News explaining Alcor’s challenges and vision/efforts for overcoming them. The blog was opened for comments, as well.

http://www.alcornews.org/weblog/2008/01/update_on_recent_progress.html#more

This has resulted in several positive outcomes. Alcor has received multiple compliments, both public and private, including one from a prospective member who wrote:

“…I have been following Alcor news and happens for some time. I wanted to comment on the increased transparency I’ve noticed recently and let you know how wonderful I think it is…I think you are doing a great job and moving in the right direction with the openness I am seeing…I have had an information packet sitting on my desk for some time. The recent changes I have seen have been one of the strongest influences increasing my trust in Alcor and have prompted me to complete my application and send it in.”

There was also a largely positive blog post made by the Methuselah Foundation:
http://www.mprize.org/index.php?ctype=news&pagename=blogdetaildisplay&BID=2008012-21114459&detaildisplay=Y

7th Alcor Conference DVD Set

Wish you could have attended the 2007 conference? Don’t worry . . . the conference will come to you! The 2007 Alcor Conference DVD set is now in production and will be available soon! This 2 DVD set will include a tour of the Alcor facility AND intriguing presentations with Q&A sessions for the following conference speakers:

• Steve Bridge: Why We Are Here and Where We Are Going
• Brian Wowk, PhD: Common Questions about Cryobiology and Cryonics
• Stephen Van Sickle: Research Directions at Alcor
• Tanya Jones: Improving Cryopreservation Technology at Alcor
• Ralph Merkle, PhD: Molecular Nanotechnology and the Repair of Cryopreserved Patients
• Michael West, PhD: Immortal Cells: The Prospect of Regenerative Medicine
• Aubrey de Grey, PhD: Is it Politically Safe for a Biologist to Support Cryonics Publicly?
• Ralph Merkle, PhD; Michael Seidl, PhD, JD; Stephen Van Sickle; Brian Wowk, PhD: Alcor board panel
• David Crippen, MD; Tanya Jones; Leslie Whetstine, PhD; Aschwin de Wolf: Human Cryopreservation and Critical Care Medicine Panel
• Steven Harris, MD: Rapid Hypothermia Induction Methods and Brain Oxygen Requirements in Resuscitation and Cryonics
• Calvin Mercer, PhD: Cryonics and Religion: Friends or Foes?
• Christine Peterson: Life Extension: Good News, Bad News, Surprising News
• Chris Heward, PhD: The Kronos Longitudinal Aging Study: The Measurement of Human Aging.

For a limited time only receive your DVD Set at our special pre-order rate of $39.95 plus shipping and handling. Order online at: www.shop.alcor.org or call 1-877-462-5267 ext 101.

CryoFeast and CatWarming Party

Friends, Cryonicists, Futurists – You are invited to a CryoFeast and CatWarming party at the home of Peter & Louise Voss in Playa del Rey on Saturday, December 15th, from 3pm to 8pm.

Food & soft drinks will be provided, but you are welcome to bring some additional dishes and/or drinks. The party location is:

7828 W 81st Street
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

The Voss residence is a little difficult to find. Use this link for directions: http://www.optimal.org/directions.html.  Please RSVP to Peter at 310.822.4533.

Foresight Vision Weekend Open to Alcor Members

Foresight Nanotech Institute’s Vision Weekend to be held Nov. 3-4 is open to Alcor members, as well as members of other special cooperating groups. Usually this event is only open to their Senior Associate members.

Alcor encourages you to check out this event and register early. It is an “unconference,” so attendees have the option of presenting as well as general participation. The overall theme is advanced technologies, with a wide variety of topics to be covered, including a presentation on cryonics by Alcor’s Tanya Jones.

Facebook users can indicate their plans to attend here, though RSVPs here don’t guarantee you a seat.

Hope to see you there!

Thank You for Making the 7th Alcor Conference a Success!

We hope all our conference attendees enjoyed the 7th Alcor Conference, from the lively discussions to the food selections, sleeping rooms, and beautiful Arizona weather. The event could not have been a success without our attendees, and so we thank them all for supporting our mission!

The 7th Alcor Conference DVD set is still in production, but it can be ordered now for only $39.95 plus shipping – a special sale price only available for a limited time. Order yours now to receive this 20% discount.

Anyone interested in reading more about the conference is encouraged to view these blogs:

Frontier Channel
People Database Project
Fight Aging
TechNewsWorld

We hope to see everyone at the 8th Alcor Conference!

CR Society Conference

The fifth CR Society Conference will be held at Sunset Station in San Antonio, TX. The Conference will run from Wednesday November 7 through Sunday November 11, 2007.

The Conference will open with a welcoming reception/registration on Wednesday evening November 7 starting at 6:30 pm. The presentations will start Thursday November 8 at 9:00 am and end Sunday Sunday November 11 at 11:00 am.

The Conference webpage:
http://www.calorierestriction.org/conferences-2007

Sunset-Station
http://www.sunset-station.com/home.html

Map of Sunset-Station and our hotels
http://www.sunset-station.com/abouthss/locationmap.html

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7th Alcor Conference, Sunday Morning Sessions

Special Guest Writers: John Schloendorn & Simone Syed

Sunday began with a panel discussion about the ethics of life and death, the relationship between cryonics and critical care medicine, and about the definition of death, which has profound implications for cryonics. The panelists were critical care physician David Crippen, Alcor COO Tanya Jones, and bioethicist Leslie Whetstine. Next, Steven Harris, MD introduced his perfluorocarbon-based rapid body cooling system, which has applications in cryonics and emergency medicine. Calvin Mercer, PhD addressed the relationship between religion and life extension practices, such as cryonics. Christine Petersen then provided a survey of existing life extension technologies, and, finally, Chris Heward, PhD wrapped up with an in-depth account of the aging measurement experiment being conducted at Kronos Science Laboratory.

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